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I Am Sam

Title: I Am Sam (2001)

Director: Jessie Nelson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I367 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 134 minutes

Plot: Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks, is obsessed with the Beatles and has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them. As the daughter reaches age 7, Sam's limitations start to become a problem. When the authorities take his daughter away, Sam shames a high-priced lawyer into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning

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I Am the Law

Title: I Am the Law (1938)

Director: Alexander Hall

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I11 1989

Format: VHS

Length: 83 minutes

Plot: A dynamic law professor is drafted by a civic leader to investigate the city's gangster activities.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Wendy Barrie, Otto Kruger

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I Confess

Title: I Confess (1953)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I37 2004

Format:  DVD

Length: 95 minutes

Plot: A priest hears a murderer's confession and then becomes the murder suspect himself.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Cast: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, O.E. Hasse, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre

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I Love You Phillip Morris

Title:   I Love You Philip Morris (2009) 

Director:  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I468 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  102  minutes

Plot:  A true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Fraud

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Jim Carrey, Leslie Mann, Ewan McGregor.

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I Want to Live

Title:  I Want to Live! (1958)

Director:  Robert Wise

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I28 2002

Format:  DVD

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  A screen adaptation of the dramatic events in the life of a "B-Girl," Barbara Graham, which led to a sensational murder trial and afterwards, her execution.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge, Lou Krugman, James Philbrook, Gage Clark, John Marley, Marion Marshall

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The Iceman Interviews

Title:  The Iceman Interviews (2003)

Director:  Jim Thebeut

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HV6529 .I422 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  150 minutes

Plot:  Renowned forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz gets up close, personal and even confrontational with psyche of one of the most dangerous men alive. Bringing together the earlier THE ICEMAN TAPES: CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER and THE ICEMAN: SECRETS OF A MAFIA HITMAN with the newly released Dietz interview, this new special edition, THE ICEMAN INTERVIEWS is the ultimate compendium of the mind of a murderer. Includes Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski's riveting on-camera confession, exclusively for HBO, of the murder of police officer Peter Calabro. Making news in February 2003, Kuklinski accepted a plea bargain for a concurrent 30-year term to his 60-year prison sentence and implicated Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in the crime.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Identity Thief

Title:  Identity Thief (2013)

Director:  Seth Gordon

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I346 2013

Format:  Blu-ray & DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  111 min.

Plot:  Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Fraud

Genre:  Comedy, Crime

Cast:  Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T. I." Harris, Genesis Rodriguez

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Ides of March

Title:  The Ides of March (2011)

Director:  George Clooney

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I347 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  101 min.

Plot:  During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Politics, Professional Responsibility

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood.

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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Title:  I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

Director:  Mike Hodges

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I55 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  103 minutes

Plot:  Will Graham is a former London gangster who moved out to the country. Will's younger brother, Davey, is enjoying his life as a man about town, and dabbling in drug dealing, when, one night, a man has him followed and brutally assaults him. Davey returns home and takes his own life. Will, finds himself back in London, where he learns of Davey's death. He investigates what happened that night with his old friend. As Will tries to piece together what happened, he visits Helen, his former lover. Will uncovers the truth and is faced with the unpleasant prospect of avenging Davey's death.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Clive Owen, Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Malcolm McDowell, Jamie Foreman, Ken Stott, Sylvia Syms

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Illegal

Title: Illegal (1955)

Director:  Lewis Allen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I45 2007

Format:  DVD

Length:  88 minutes

Plot:  Ambitious D.A. Victor Scott zealously prosecutes Ed Clary for a woman's murder. But as Clary walks to the electric chair, Scott receives evidence that exonerates the condemned man. Realizing that he's made a terrible mistake he tries to stop the execution, but is too late. Scott resigns as a prosecutor and enters private practice. He draws the attention of mob kingpin Frank Garland. Scott represents one of Garland's stooges on a murder rap and Scott, in a grand display of courtroom theatrics, wins the case. Embroiled in dirty mob politics, the situation becomes intolerable when his former protege is charged with a murder that seems to implicate her as an informant to the Garland mob.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

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